On Saturday, the United States Navy conducted its second freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in recent months. This time, the destroyer USS Curtiss Wilbur transited within twelve nautical miles of Triton Island—a PRC-held feature in the Paracels also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spent much of this week in Laos, Cambodia, and China in an effort to pressure Beijing to change course in the South China Sea. Returning to Washington on Wednesday, Secretary Kerry could boast of, at best, mixed results.
Taiwanese President-Elect Tsai Ing-wen during final campaign rally in Taipei (Photo: Reuters)
Chinese civilian aircraft lands at newly-constructed runway on Fiery Cross Reef (Photo: Reuters)
An announcement: Lawfare is starting a new page to catalog the nature and scope of NSA disclosures since Edward Snowden’s original leaks in June 2013.
The most important judicial opinion to date concerning the U.S. Government’s terrorist watchlisting programs was issued on Tuesday, in the case of Ibrahim v.
Last fall, during the debate on airstrikes in Syria, commentators argued that the United States needed to act in order to preserve the credibility of American threats.